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Econ Seminar: Labor/Public Finance/Development

"Take Two! SAT Retaking and College Enrollment Gaps"
When Nov 08, 2018
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Rm. 4103 Tydings Hall
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Dr. Joshua Goodman from Harvard University will be presenting the Seminar, hosted by Nolan Pope.

"Take Two! SAT Retaking and College Enrollment Gaps"

Data on millions of SAT-takers show only half retake the exam, with even lower retake rates among low income and underrepresented minority students. Scoring below multiples of 100 increases retaking, implying some students have round number target scores. Regression discontinuity evidence finds retaking once improves admissions-relevant SAT scores by 0.3 standard deviations on average. Likely by strengthening college applications, retaking substantially increases four-year college enrollment, particularly for low income and underrepresented minority students. Eliminating disparities in retake rates could close up to 20 percent of the income gap and 10 percent of the racial gap in four-year college enrollment.

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